Government serious about education - Zuma

2016-02-18 14:53

Parliament – The government is investing in education more than ever and it remains an apex priority, President Jacob Zuma has said.

In his reply to the State of the Nation Address debate on Thursday, Zuma said the investment in education was key to a brighter future in the country.

He said to date, government spend R1.8 billion on early development of children up to four years of age, reaching over a million children.

Expanding free education at basic education level was also important, Zuma said.

He gave details of the number of children in no fee schools, who received daily means at school.

“This improves concentration and participation in class.”

He said the country should look at creating places to stay for children who had to travel distances to school.

This way, he said, they would be guaranteed attendance, as well as meals for them.

“This would change their quality of life,” he said.

Zuma said government was promoting technical vocational studies as well, and expanding infrastructure.

The infrastructure improvements included sanitation, water and electricity at schools.

“These interventions have been life changing to learners and teachers,” he said.

Zuma also congratulated the female matrics.

“They are beating the boys hands down,” he said.

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